What plates do you have? The bedfords have the bolts right in the side of your foot, thats why Darren is going to make the lowered ones. It hurts, I used to have bruises on my feet a lot. I am pretty sure Darren sells rubber caps for the bolts so they don’t hurt, I have not used them before though.
I still think that a vertical partition-even a wooden one-would solve the “bolt problem”. The only negative, if any, would be sacrificing a little foot-plate depth. Even this could be solved by making the partition angle down inward to the bottom of the plate. And then the angle would still give you ample “lifting” area for hopping and stuff.
I’ve got some rubber caps on the nuts on my bc. Mine are made by Caplugs, and I believe they are used as packing material for some mechanical products. They don’t do much to relieve pain, but they do stop the bolts from ripping holes through your shoes.
Anyway, now I have little trouble riding the thing. Sometimes my mounting is bad. I have done some little hops and rolled out of them, which is progress. Not bad for two days. I might go out a little bit more tonite, but after school is my favorite time to ride whatever I happen to ride, because it’s the opposite of school .